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Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Most Schizophrenic Developer?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Most Schizophrenic Developer?

Joshua Jeffers is spending millions to redevelop the Mackie Building and famed Grain Exchange.

10 Reasons To Save The Domes

10 Reasons To Save The Domes

Their impact on city culture and image is immense.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Pfister Hotel, About 1910
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Pfister Hotel, About 1910

Pfister and Milwaukee Club buildings still survive. Both have famous designers.

City Streets: The Curious History of Franklin Place
City Streets

The Curious History of Franklin Place

Who is it really named after? And why the statue of a Scottish poet in a German city?

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Bankers Row, 1860s
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Bankers Row, 1860s

Two of Milwaukee's oldest surviving buildings were banks at Water and Michigan.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Inside the Grain Exchange, 1880
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Inside the Grain Exchange, 1880

The trading room was one of the "most lavishly decorated" public spaces in the region.

City Streets: Michigan Street Had a Mob Riot
City Streets

Michigan Street Had a Mob Riot

And a dispute involving the streetcar, which ultimately won the day.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Water Street in 1880
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Water Street in 1880

Looking south from Wisconsin, this was a prime business district dominated by Victorian buildings from the 1850s.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: View of Milwaukee,1856
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

View of Milwaukee,1856

This engraving offers remarkable detail about the quickly growing city just ten years after its incorporation.

Plenty of Horne: In Defense of Historic Tax Credits
Plenty of Horne

In Defense of Historic Tax Credits

National Trust for Historic Preservation's leader comes to town, where her speech to a crowd filled with notables dramatized the need for state to maintain the current credits.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Alexander Mitchell’s Belvedere, 1880s
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Alexander Mitchell’s Belvedere, 1880s

Considered the finest structure of its kind in America, it still stands today at the Wisconsin Club.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Mitchell Mansion’s Classic Fountain, 1880
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Mitchell Mansion’s Classic Fountain, 1880

Photos of Alexander Mitchell's mansion and its classic fountain, 1880, and as the place looks today.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Mitchell Building, Around 1880
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Mitchell Building, Around 1880

The headquarters for what became the Marine Bank, built by Alexander Mitchell, survives today almost exactly as originally built.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: The Lush Landscaping of Alexander Mitchell’s Conservatory, 1880s
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

The Lush Landscaping of Alexander Mitchell’s Conservatory, 1880s

The famed photographer H. H. Bennett captured the splendor of the Mitchell mansion.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Mackie Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Mackie Building

Our photos take you inside the 1879 structure, the former Grain Exchange, and one of the city's most historic and beautiful buildings.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Alexander Mitchell’s Conservatory, Mid-1870s
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Alexander Mitchell’s Conservatory, Mid-1870s

The fabulously wealthy business man created an unusual, two-story conservatory within his home.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Exterior of Alexander Mitchell’s Mansion, Mid-1870s
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Exterior of Alexander Mitchell’s Mansion, Mid-1870s

What would soon be known as Grand Avenue became a row of millionaires' mansions.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Alexander Mitchell’s Mansion, 1872
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Alexander Mitchell’s Mansion, 1872

With his great wealth, he built a lovely home still standing today on 9th and Wisconsin, now the Wisconsin Club.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Soldiers Home Fair, 1865
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Soldiers Home Fair, 1865

Milwaukee joined a national movement to care for Civil War veterans, and this event helped raise money for the cause.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Spring Street Bridge, 1867
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Spring Street Bridge, 1867

The street also known as Wisconsin Ave. exemplified the conflict between dueling developers on each side of the river.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Mason Street at Lakefront, 1868
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Mason Street at Lakefront, 1868

Before the days of Prospect Avenue mansions, the lakefront sported modest frame houses on an eroding, sandy bluff.

From Afro-Cuban to Aztec, bachata, Hmong, rock and salsa, MPS student performance highlights diverse cultures
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From Afro-Cuban to Aztec, bachata, Hmong, rock and salsa, MPS student performance highlights diverse cultures

15 MPS schools participating in Friday Marcus Center 'Cantos de las Americas' event

The Roundup: Ronald Reagan
The Roundup

Ronald Reagan

I remember when Ronald Reagan was considered too far-right to become President. The fact that he did become the chief executive shows how much America has changed since then, a change brought forth, in part, by Reagan himself. Although I never voted for the guy, and to this day I am amazed at the adulation […]